2014 Archive Stories

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  • 'Devil's Knot' makes a bungled case BY NEELY SWANSON
    “Devil’s Knot” is a misguided attempt to tell the story of the West Memphis Three, something that was told infinitely better in the brilliant documentary “West of Memphis” by Amy Berg. That her name should even be mentioned in the same paragraph with that of Atom Egoyan, the director of “Devil’s Knot&rdq
    Fri May 09, 2014
  • 'Moms' Night Out' is a reason to stay in BY ANN HORNADAY
    A few minutes into “Moms’ Night Out,” its aim becomes clear: to be a wholesome, earnest alternative to such crude sisterhood comedies as “Bridesmaids” and “The Other Woman,” as well as an antic portrait of modern families to rival, well, “Modern Family.” But this strained, clunkily or
    Fri May 09, 2014
  • Director Gia Coppola comes of age with 'Palo Alto' By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Gia Coppola, the writer- director of “Palo Alto” (based on James Franco’s short story collection), has a talent for evoking multiple possibilities – a great gift to have when you’re depicting adolescence. This movie about teenagers bumbling through intense friendships, casual sex and possible love in upscale
    Fri May 09, 2014
  • Does 'Now' pull back too much curtain? BY MICK LASALLE
    “Now: In the Wings on a World Stage” documents the development and subsequent world tour of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” as directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey. As a documentary, it is very much what it set out to be – a celebration bordering on propaganda. Yet enough slips through to keep it inte
    Fri May 09, 2014
  • Spoof surf contest draws goofy riders By FRED SWEGLES
    A day after the surfing world saluted Greg Long for Ride of the Year at the 2014 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards, he slipped into a long white dress, a wig and a self-effacing smile to play bachelorette on a few waves at his local beach. It was part of a spoof on surf contests that San Clemente’s Dowell family hosts every year in mem
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Dana Point Harbor plan up for review Monday BY TAYLOR HILL
    Plans to demolish and reconstruct much of Dana Point Harbor’s “commercial core” will be reviewed by the city Planning Commission at a hearing Monday. The commission meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in City Hall council chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern. If approved, a coastal development permit would allow c
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • San Clemente paddler Emmy Merrill wins gold at world championships By LAYLAN CONNELLY
    San Clemente’s Emmy Merrill missed last year’s world stand-up paddle championships because of school. But she was back this year, looking to reclaim the women’s title she won two years ago. Merrill, who captured gold at the International Surfing Association World Stand-Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in 2012, aga
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • 'Fed Up' doesn't sugarcoat its message about our food BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Advocacy documentaries as artless and pile-driving as “Fed Up” are usually hard to swallow, but Stephanie Soechtig’s attack on Big Food for sweetening us to death goes down like a tart, stiff drink. It says that American food giants hijacked the health establishment’s war on fatty foods to cover for their woefully unhealt
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • 'Chef' too sweet to swallow By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Writer-director–star Jon Favreau, who wrote the script for “Swingers” and directed “Iron Man,” returns to indies with this excessively ingratiating foodie/family movie. He plays Los Angeles chef Carl Casper, who regains his edge when a critic (Oliver Platt) pans his gilded-cage restaurant, where he’s paid well
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • 'Moms' Night Out' a leap of faith for Patricia Heaton BY BARRY KOLTNOW
    Show me an actress who can work a quote from “The Godfather” into an interview, and I’ll show you a happy interviewer. To a celebrity interviewer, there is no greater attribute an actress can possess (forget looks, brains and talent) than to drop “Leave the gun, take the cannoli” into a response. But
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Hoffman can't lift 'God's Pocket' out of dramatic limbo By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his last two completed films, blends right into the saloon and butcher shop atmosphere of “God’s Pocket,” “Mad Men” star John Slattery’s directorial debut – a flavorful, deeply flawed adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel about a fictional hard-knocks neighborhood in P
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Koltnow: A plate of beans and a legend is born
    In 1973, Hollywood was still eating beans. In 1974, the beans ate Hollywood. The beans of which I speak are the beans eaten by cowboys around a campfire in Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy classic “Blazing Saddles.” What other beans could I possibly be discussing? The impact of those beans was immediate. Never has so muc
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Failure finds success in a new millennium By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, STAFF WRITER
    For more than a decade, L.A.-based singer-songwriter
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Avicii, Foster the People top next Weenie Roast bill By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Moving away from mainstays like Coldplay, Linkin Park and Foo Fighters, modern-rock radio Goliath KROQ/106.7 FM has selected Sw
    Mon May 05, 2014
  • Los Lobos bring East L.A. to Griffith Park By: STEVEN MIRKIN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    Ask a dozen Angelenos to identify where the city&rsquo
    Mon May 05, 2014
  • Stagecoach 2014: Rootsy upstarts kick off Day 1 By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, ROBERT KINSLER AND GEORGE A. PAUL
    This year's Stagecoach country mus
    Fri Apr 25, 2014
  • Iron men of Sabbath to roar through again BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Everything seemed cheery that morning in late 2011 at the Whiskey a Go Go. That’s when quintessential metal band Black Sabbath announced that all four original members – frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward – would reunite for an extensive tour as well as a new album. Helmed
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Kiss trophy? No, but you can stand next to it BY DAVID MONTERO
    ANAHEIM – For Kiss fans who couldn’t get to Brooklyn for the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month, the LA KISS will bring a taste of that honor to Saturday’s Arena League Football game, giving fans a chance to pose for pictures with the trophy. Schuyler Hoversten, president of LA KISS, s
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Filmmaking locals get a moment in the sun BY RICHARD CHANG
    Greg MacGillivray started making his first film when he was 11, shooting with a Brownie 8-millimeter movie camera purchased with S&H Green Stamps. Now, 57 years later, the Laguna Beach filmmaker has crafted dozens of award-winning films – most of them for the giant IMAX screen – that have surpassed $1 billion at the box o
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Newport Beach Film Festival celebrates 15 years BY RICHARD CHANG
    Josh Goldstein was born and raised in Orange County. He grew up in Tustin Hills and is a proud graduate of Foothill High School in unincorporated Santa Ana. Through family connections, he had a laminated family pass to go to Edwards Cinemas. He used to attend movies whenever possible, particularly at Edwards Big Newport in Newport Beach.
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Timberlake, OutKast, Arcade Fire add shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Justin Timberlake: When JT decides to tour, he really doesn’t stop. He’
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Frederica von Stade not enough to lift 'A Coffin in Egypt' BY TIMOTHY MANGAN
    Ricky Ian Gordon’s “A Coffin in Egypt,” which was given its West Coast premiere Wednesday night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, is nothing to get excited about. This new chamber opera in one act, based on a play of the same name by Horton Foote, ambles along agreeably enough for 80 minut
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “Modern Family,” 9 p.m. ABC The annual vacations for the extended Pritchett clan have produced some of the classic “Modern Family” episodes. Tonight, the three households head down under in search of Phil’s Australian roots. In a subplot, Mitchell and Cameron link up with an old &l
    Tue Apr 22, 2014
  • 'Friday Night Lights' shined brightly
    As excellent as the first episode of the FX series “Fargo” was, it has a long way to go to claim the title of best series based on a theatrical movie. That honor still resides with “Friday Night Lights,” the homespun drama about a small-town Texas high school football team. “Friday Night Lights” had ple
    Mon Apr 21, 2014
  • Who did something where and when did they do it and why BY MARYANNE DELL
    RIVERSIDE – A lovely story yes this is. Someday it’ll be the great american novel. This will change in both stories. as if. amazon.com Q. TYpe away just write a story. A. A lovely story yes this is. Someday it’ll be the great american novel.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014